A Message from President Elaine P. Maimon

Big ideas — that’s what life is all about at Governors State University. Students, faculty and staff have the energy to solve big problems and to find even bigger opportunities. It is a privilege to lead this learning community.

Innovative thinking is a tradition at GSU. The university was founded in 1969, at that pivotal moment when our country was daring to ride big ideas all the way to the moon. Take a look at our logo with its reference to the moon shot.

Let me share with you some of the big ideas that will shape your experience at GSU:

We started out as an upper division university, and next fall we will welcome our first freshman class - but not just any freshman class. Students will have opportunities to connect their courses through one of three overarching academic themes – Civic Engagement, Global Citizenship or Sustainability. This special first-year experience will provide values-based education and help in the wise choice of a major.

GSU students are now learning in one of the region’s most modern and advanced university science environments. We’re proud of our 60,000 square feet of redesigned and renovated classrooms and labs, made possible by state support and by a National Science Foundation grant. Students and faculty working together explore big ideas in biology, chemistry, computer science and nursing.

We are constantly developing innovative ways to make a college education accessible and affordable. We have experienced advisors to help you make good decisions and access financial aid.

Our Dual Degree Program makes a bachelor’s degree accessible for students beginning their education at a community college. On completion of their first two years, they move seamlessly to GSU. They come to us with a tuition guarantee that begins when they are accepted in the program, along with guidance from our counselors every step of the way.

GSU is where students from all kinds of backgrounds, ages and ethnicities meet in what I like to call the public square. We all learn from each other and share the context from which we view the world.

I hope you’ll accept my invitation to come and visit us. You will find wise counselors and talented faculty waiting to help you reach your goals, turn your dreams into reality and explore big ideas.